The Jacksonville Jaguars will be signing general manager David Caldwell to a two-year contract extension, per a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Jaguars extending contract of GM Dave Caldwell two years, giving him matching three-year deals with Doug Marrone and Tom Coughlin.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2017
The move comes on the heels of the team promoting Doug Marrone from interim head coach to full time head coach and the appointment of Tom Coughlin as Executive Vice President of Football Operations. The extension of Caldwell, which weeks ago seemed like a slim chance, is no surprise after the recent moves of the team.
The deal, along with the three-year contract for Doug Marrone, now puts everyone on a clear timeline and it’s not a long one, either. This means that Jaguars owner Shad Khan is expecting the team to win, and win quickly. This won’t be the patience parade that was with Gus Bradley that nearly saw him pick up 50 losses in a four year period.
As for Caldwell, he’s been mostly mediocre as a general manager, dragged down by his first draft class and the fact that his home run draft class took a huge hit this past season with the decline of Allen Hurns, Blake Bortles, T.J. Yeldon and Allen Robinson. Previously all appeared to be hits and long term answers, but now there are massive questions about their long term viability.
It will be interesting to see how the team operates this offseason though, now that there is a clear timeline established.